League win boosts aim

football - round one of the Halifax Challenge Cup - Friendly v Brighouse Old Boys at Luddendenfoot park'Lee Perry for Friendly and Rob Kenny for Brighouse OB
football - round one of the Halifax Challenge Cup - Friendly v Brighouse Old Boys at Luddendenfoot park'Lee Perry for Friendly and Rob Kenny for Brighouse OB

AFTER a good cup win, Old Boys were keen to carry on their form in the league to maintain their promotion hopes.

Due to injuries and absences, they had only the bare 11 players, hoping that they would stay injury free during the match.

From the start they took charge, captain Fletcher and playmaster Jimmy Cummings bossing the midfield, acting as the platform for the wing pair of Calvin Lee and Peter Kuleczko.

The returning presence of the impressive Rob Kenny was causing mayhem in the heart of the Kellingley defence.

Almost with his first touch Kenny took the opponents’ back four on, slicing through but not being able to find the finish to match.

Then a seemingly innocuous midfield clash midfield led to a Kellingley forward spitting at centre back Reece Bray, and a straight red card left them with only 10 men.

Already on top, Old Boys could not fail to exploit the gaps in the Kellingley midfield, as their short passing game was suited to taking advantage of their opponents’ deficit in numbers.

A goal was almost inevitable and it came from cross from the right by fullback Joe Nalson, which drifted over the Kellingley keeper, and Kenny was left with the relatively easy task of finishing from only a few yards.

Kellingley came back strongly but the back four of Joe Nalson, Lee Williams, Reece Bray and Luke Johnson coped well and Jason Hibbert in the Old Boys’ goal was rarely troubled.

Johnson and Nalson rampaging up the flanks made the most of Kellingley’s stretched midfield, setting up Martin Newham and Calvin Lee to continue to cause havoc in the away team defence.

Old Boys scored their second when Kuleczko’s pace in the box brought a penalty.

Kenny put the ball away low to the left of the Kellingley keeper.

Having to come forward, Kellingley were leaving gaps and with the pace of the Old Boys up front another goal looked likely.

A free kick from Kenny rattled the crossbar and Fletcher came close with two efforts from the edge of the area.

The final goal came when interplay between Fletcher and Cummings released Lee on the left. An accurate cross and a complete absence of marking in the Kellingley defence allowed Kuleczko to head home from a couple of yards.